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The plan! The plan!

Our SmartFarm has transformed from hand-drawn cartoon to a real plan!!!! <-larger image *** Before I even get to The Plans! The Plans! Can I just do a 20-second drive by of my NYC trip? I’ve been to New York City so many times these past couple of years that if Mayor Bloomberg handed out frequent visitor points, I probably …

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No-Bake Summertime Lasagne

What makes me happy: Pasta. Loads of it.What makes me and my electricity bill not-so-happy: Turning on the oven in the summertime. My electricity bill last month was so high, I wept. So, for the rest of the summer, we’re going to conserve as much as possible, limiting oven use, turning on the television less (goodbye Mythbusters!), spend more time …

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Last Look? Clean Beach

Last night, before I took off to NYC, we took the boys to the rotating restaurant at St. Petersburg Florida beach, just 45 minutes away from our home. To take a long look at the beach before the oil comes. Oh, it will just spoil this gorgeous sand. While the boys LOVED that the restaurant rotated around and around and …

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Artisan Beef Burger Tasting

Carrie Oliver knows her beef. And luckily, she’s one of my very good friends and loves to send me on happy beef adventures, including an Artisan Steak Tasting a couple of years ago and more recently an Artisan Burger Tasting, which I actually enjoyed even more. If you’ve never heard of artisan beef tasting – in short – not all …

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Open Face Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce

I can be pretty boring with salmon, it’s so easily mastered with just the bare-bones salt, pepper and a hot grill.  So why mess with simple and perfect? Well, because chef Marcus Samuelsson says so….and I agree. Marcus’ Sweet Mustard Sauce is a 15-second whisk of Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon that’s a perfect addition …

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Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

I recently had the pleasure of meeting, cooking and dining with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Florida. At 87 years old, Marcella Hazan is a legend in the culinary world, having influenced millions of Americans on the art of Italian cooking. Of all recipes, I think this is simple Tomato Sauce is what she’s most famous for. …

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Blogger’s Choice Award: Candied Bacon and Apple Canapés

I’m currently on my way back from Pillsbury Bake-Off 2010 in Orlando, riding in the back seat of my personal “contract killa’s” car. Yes, on my laptop, trying to get this post up before the winner is announced in a few hours, just so we could say “We told you so!” More on him later, the contract killa, that is. …